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Top oil giants are providing their blending plants and technical expertise at no cost to package and bottle millions of litres of hand sanitizers as the war against Covid-19 hits critical phase.
The oil firms namely Total Kenya, Vivo Energy Kenya, Ola Energy, Kenol Kobil, Pwani Oil and Sepyanna Oil East Africa have partnered with KPC to mount one of the country’s biggest preventive measure initiatives against Covid-19: production and distribution of hand sanitizers to be given out to the public for free.

“In Total Kenya, we put people at the centre of our collective responsibility. Indeed, “Standing Together” is one of our core values and we are proud to stand in solidarity with the people of Kenya as they fight Covid-19,” said Olagoke Aluko, Total Kenya Managing Director.

“To ensure that poor Kenyans get access to free hand sanitizers, Total Kenya has made available her technical expertise as well as our Lubes Oil blending plant in Mombasa to produce the sanitizers in record time,” Aluko told Kenpipe News in a statement adding that the level of efficiency he has seen is a clear example of how public and private sectors can partner to create value for the public in a situation of crisis and uncertainty.

“We were able to produce and package the first batch of sanitisers within a week. I am proud that Total Kenya played its part in creating this solution for the Kenyan people as they fight coronavirus,” Total Kenya chief said.

Echoing Aluko’s words is Ola Energy Kenya’s General Manager Millicent Onyonyi who said that when the crisis hit the country, Ola Energy decided to assist Kenyans fight the virus effectively, especially those from low socio-economic backgrounds with no access to hand sanitizers.

“Knowing that every litre of sanitiser we blend gives a winning chance in flattening the curve of the Coronavirus spread, our technical experts and process engineers continue to work tirelessly to produce thousands of hand sanitizers for the people of Kenya,” Ms Onyonyi observed.

“We have donated our state-of-the-art laboratory and in conjunction with Kenya Bureau of Standards. OLA is carrying out testing of the hand sanitizers to ensure they meet the highest quality standards,” said Onyonyi, a former KPC director.

Kenol Kobil’s General Manager for Kenya Martin Kimani said that they are proud to partner with the government in this noble task of caring for the Kenyan citizens as the country fights this global pandemic.

“KK’s goal is to ease the burden of the low-income Kenyans and help them contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country. We must strengthen the capacity of our people especially those in informal settlements where the risk is high if we are to win this fight,” Kimani, a former KPC General Manager Strategy, said KK was blending over 100,000 litres of sanitisers and had donated 200,000 half litre containers to pack the same sanitiser for distribution to the Kenyan people.

According to KPC Managing Director Dr Macharia Irungu, the free hand sanitisers initiative is a classic example of what a joint public and private sector partnership can do to our country.

“In less than two weeks, KPC, oil marketing companies and other players were able to produce over 130,000 litres of free hand sanitizers to benefit Kenya’s most vulnerable people. Such efforts will go a long way in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the country,” Dr Irungu observed.

The free hand sanitizers initiative is part of the government’s effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 which has seen the number of people in Kenya who have tested positive rise to 216 by Tuesday 14th April 2020 according to the Ministry of Health.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, through a letter dated 18th March 2020 signed by Head of the Public Service Mr Joseph Kinyua, mandated KPC to liaise with selected oil industry players and other private sector players who expressed willingness to produce alcohol based sanitizers for free distribution to the public throughout the country as one way of preventing the spread of Covid-19.